Kings Theatre Awarded £14,992 from the Arts Council

11 May 2017

The Kings Theatre have successfully secured funding from Arts Council England to re-stage and re-imagine ‘The Lost Plays of WW1’.

The Kings Theatre have successfully secured funding from Arts Council England to re-stage and re-imagine ‘The Lost Plays of WW1’ The Kings Theatre was one of the leading theatres in the country that premiered new war plays during WW1, with powerful messages sent out via the theatre and music halls. Theatre and performance helped shape people’s understanding of the conflict, and was a propaganda tool for recruitment and raising the population’s morale. This project will bring alive the lost plays during WW1 offering performers & audiences a unique theatrical experience.

Katrina Henderson, Community Engagement Officer said “This is amazing and I can’t wait to get started. The idea of putting on a play here from a hundred years ago is extremely exciting and probably a little bit challenging as we will want to remain true to the script. Each segment of the project is quite unique and gives a clear insight into theatrical life in WW1”.

The play Lads of the Village is a comedy set in the WW1 to lift the morale of the troops. It is a cross between Black Adder and Allo Allo: there is lots of dressing up, mistaken identity and musical hilarity. The play is going to be directed by Jack Edwards It will be performed at the Kings Theatre on Wednesday 12th July at 2.30pm. This is just one part of a four-part project:

Children from a local secondary school in Portsmouth will work with professional actors, writers and directors to inspire them to develop their own voice and write and perform 3 new plays that will be performed on the Kings Theatre stage, each will last approximately 8-10 minutes and will be inspired by WW1.

The third part of the project is to record an adaptation of a WW1 radio play which will be released on the Kings Theatre social media or on a local radio station.
The final part of the project is; after the war ended servicemen were awarded 3 medals, the medals were the British War Medal, British Victory Medal, and the 1914 Star Medal, which became fondly known as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred after a long running cartoon strip in the Daily Mirror. To tie in with this early year groups will welcome a storyteller to tell them tales of WW1 through the eyes of Pip, Squeak, and Wilfred the animals puppets.

The highlight of the project will be performed on Wednesday 12th July at 2.30pm when all four elements will come together to celebrate the Lost Plays of War.

If you are interested in taking part, auditions are on Sunday 21st May, from 11 am onwards please see audition information

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